Month: January 2015

Meat FREE Monday’s – ANY ONE?

does any one else enjoy Meat FREE MONDAYS as much as we do?

it is seriously a family tradition in our house now. We don’t eat any where near as much meat as we used to, and have easily been able to incorporate plenty of vegan and vegetarian dishes into the rest of our week.


these little babies were super easy to make and so awesome for the summer weather.
If your anything like me, the last thing you want to do is turn on the oven in the heat – and heat the house up even more.
So when you see a window of cooler weather, switch on that oven and get creative.

Frittatas are awesome and can include any thing! they are all about the eggs, and the veggies are what ever is left over in the fridge or in some cases – whats on special or in season at the market!

in the picture above i’ve made zucchini and corn, but remember the eggs are the star of the dish!
ingredients – method :
2 small zucchini’s grated
1 can of corn kernals drained
1/2 a large onion diced
10 eggs
3/4 cup of grated cheese
pinch of salt and pepper
2 tsp curry powder
mix all ingredients together well (if you have any herbs add them!

I love using my pyrex dishes, and in this instance i used a square one.
baked in the oven on 180 degrees fan forced for 40minutes
Once cooled i cut it into large slices and placed in a container in the fridge.
I sliced them into bite size pieces because they were appealing for the kids. But you could do this for a dinner party dish! top it with a half cherry tomato. you could also place a piece of smoked salmon, capers and dill on top. everything works with a frittata!

Good luck – Leia


Spiced nectarine slice with coconut oat crumble


This is how simple the cooking is in our house! Mix together your own recipe in 10 minutes with what you have in the pantry!! The recipe is very versatile, any plain cake batter you like and add some 5 spice, ground cloves and cinnamon. Poor into a lasagne dish or if you have a long shallow cake tin (something you would cook brownies in) Peel some nectarines and slice them, press them into the batter! Crumble comes after.

But here is my exact recipe, for those who don’t feel confident with making your own batter and crumble.

1 1/2 cup brown sugar
250g butter
4 eggs
2 tsp vanilla
(Whip these ingredients)
2 cups plain flour
2 cups SR. flour
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground cloves
1/2 tsp mixed spice
(Mix all together)
1 cup of lemonade
(Yes I insist lemonade)

Poor into your baking dish.

Peel 8-10 nectarines (depending on size) slice them up. Press them in to your batter – you will get your fingers slightly sticky from the batter.

Cook on 180degree fan forced oven for approx 50minutes.

Now to make your crumble:
1 cup of rolled oats
1 cup of dedicated coconut
40g soft butter
1/4 cup brown sugar
Mix together well.

When cake is cooked, but still slightly soft on top place the crumble over the top. Bake for a further 10minutes.


Benny’s american dinner GRAND OPENING – Morphett Vale

hotdog porn!! Do you see that sausage???!!!


So this classy little american dinner had a lot of local support, and we thought it best that we drop in for a quick squizz and a bite to eat.
However it was probably not the best time to visit. It was soooooo packed, there were people busting at the seams and sitting in their cars from overflow. The wait was approximately 55minutes. An extremely long wait for something that was pretty average.

However we will return. It was awesome to see that Benny’s apologised for the long wait as they are still finding more staff, and they didn’t expect such a huge show of dinners!


The buns were pretty average, the contents and concept of this hot dog sounded better than it tasted. But that sausage!! Ohhhh myyyyy!!! Yum yum bubble gum.

It did come to our surprise that on Benny’s instagram another photo from their blackwood dinner had been posted of their famous chili fries and ours from Morphett vale looked completely different. They also tasted cold and stale. As I said before I hope it was just “cold feet” or first night “hiccups” but this photo below speaks for it’s self (I think)


I hope we can visit again with a more enticing review about Benny’s dinner.


NEW year! NEW summer dish!

I dunno about you but the further into summer us Aussies get, the harder we hunt for that FAB NEW recipe that every one is sure to love at the next gathering.
After all, living in Australia is all about the BBQ, beach life style.
So here it is the BEST delicious home made salsa to accompany some corn chips for our guests. In the summer time this is a HUGE hit!


Thin layer of cream cheese
Drizzle some sweet chilli sauce over the cream cheese
Top with diced tomatoes
Top with diced avocado
Top with diced red onion

Bon appetite

Sweet quinoa slice! Perfect healthy lunchbox food

Sorry guys it has been a while since my last recipe update!!


Life has been crazy busy, and with the lead up to Christmas life was chaotic with catch ups and food, food and more FOOD!
Here is my latest creation – and my GAWD it is way better than I expected it to be!! So I’m sure you will love it.

It’s an apple and almond, cinnamon quinoa slice! Wacko! But superb in flavour! If you’ve never made this and you like xmas fruit mince pies or custard or even raw gingerbread – you will DEFF LOVE this as much as we do.

It’s weird, but totally works!!

Recipe is:
1 1/2 cups uncooked quinoa
2 apples peeled and diced
1/2 cup sultanas
1/2 cup chopped raw almonds
1 1/4 cup milk (lactose free, soy, almond, oat milks are all fine also)
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp ground nutmeg
1/4 tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp ground cloves
1/2 cup maple syrup
2 eggs

Mix your quinoa with the spices, spread in an oven proof dish (that has been greased with butter)
Sprinkle the sultanas and apple on top of the quinoa evenly. in a bowl – mix the eggs, milk and maple syrup together well and poor over the quinoa. Top with the chopped almonds and place in the oven for 1hr 20mins or less depending on heat of your oven (until it’s not watery any more and almost solid – but still moist) on 170 degree heat.
Serves great cold or hot and can be eaten as a ️breakfast, dessert or snack!
Dress it up or down, topped with fresh fruit and yoghurt or even served with custard. I had a cold slice on its own for breakfast and it was super filling and so tasty! Goodluck guys